National Archives and University of Maryland Offer Talks on Electronic Records
Press Release · Monday, January 29, 2007

Series to address: “How Electronic Archives have challenged the National Archives”

Washington, DC…National Archives experts will address the challenge of electronic records in a series of lectures in February. All sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held at the University of Maryland’s McKeldin Library in College Park, which is fully accessible (see This lecture series is jointly sponsored by the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (CLIS), the University of Maryland University Libraries, and the U.S. National Archives.


February 7, 2007, 4–5:30 PM, McKeldin Library Special Events Room, #6137
“A Case Study on Content Management in the Face of Format Changes: State Department Cables”
Speakers: Michael Carlson, Margaret Adams, David Mengel, Marvin Russell and Don McIlwain

February 14, 2007 4–5:30 PM, McKeldin Library Special Events Room, #6137
“A Case Study on Handling Multiple Media and Format Types Within a Single Body of Records, the 9/11 Commission”
Speakers: Bob Spangler and Matt Fulgham

February 21, 2007, 4–5:30 PM, McKeldin Library Special Events Room, #6137
“A Case Study on Automating the Records of the Clinton White House”
Speakers: Sharon Fawcett and Nancy Smith


The National Archives is grappling with making traditional archival concepts and organizational structures work in an increasingly complex electronic records environment. The National Archives has accessioned electronic records for over 25 years, but the growing diversity of formats and content of electronic records has challenged the way the National Archives has managed these materials. These sessions focus on how the National Archives has had to modify its traditional practices to perform its mission.

The University of Maryland is the only nationally-ranked public university in the Baltimore/Washington area. The University’s College of Information Studies has one of the largest ALA Master of Library Science programs, accredited by the American Library Association, with annual enrollments of around 350 students. Most of the specializations within this program are nationally ranked in the top-ten programs in the US, including “Archives and Records Administration” which was again ranked number two this year. The College also offers a joint degree with the University of Maryland’s History Department and supports a burgeoning research agenda in information studies that includes funded projects in digital library and archival concepts.

With a total student enrollment of over 35,000, the University of Maryland is supported in its academic endeavors by the University Libraries, a system of eight libraries and more than three million volumes. The University Libraries comprise the largest library system in the state. For more information on the University of Libraries, please visit

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